The Hand that Rocks

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On this edition of All Ears, Terrance McKnight considers the fact that sometimes it takes a tragedy in our lives to accept a helping hand. No man nor woman is an island. We're all interconnected.

This episode begins with music by Erik Satie. Satie empathized with the underprivileged. His Mass for the Poor for organ was written years after his own financial meltdown. Several of his musical friends came to his aid, namely Claude Debussy, who orchestrated his music so that the composer could make money and gain notoriety.

Other pieces on the program include pianist Frank Glazer performing Satie's Gothic Dances. As a natural helper, Glazer has come to his own friends' aid by offering invaluable words of advise and encouragement in their music making. The episode ends with David Lang's For Love is Strong.



Danses gothiques (Gothic Dances)

Erik Satie

Frank Glazer



Jules Massenet

Lauran Korcia, violin

Jean-Louis Aubert, vocalist

Michael Wedeberg, piano


Preludes: Book I: “La cathedrale engoultie” (The Sunken Cathedral)

Claude Debussy

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor


3 x 3, no. 1

Gianocarlo Vulcano

Giancarlo Vulcano, guitar

Yvonne Trexler, piano

Romulo Benavides, violin

Enid Blout, clarinet


String Poetic

Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Koh, violin

Reiko Uchida, piano


For Love is Strong

David Lang

Theatre of Voices/ Ars Nova Copenhagen

Paul Hillier, director